Friday, July 10, 2009

Concert Day - Part One

Our Conductor
Dr. Eph Ehly giving autographs at the rehearsal

At 8:30 we boarded the buses for a downtown architectural walk which included a visit to the trendy "Hundred Water street. It is already a few years old but is really quite a place to visit. From there we walked to the Haus Der Musik, a museum reflecting the great musical masters of Vienna(Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, etc). We learned that Haydn had a parrot, Mozart liked billiards, and Beethoven, a society that was quite smelly he was considered really smelly. We walked to Mozart's house near St. Stephen's Cathedral and had a detailed history of this great musician in the place where he lived. At around 12:30 pm we had free time in the center of Vienna until before 3:30 when we walked to our practice church to get ready for a rehearsal with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. WHAT A SOUND! After a quick practice we were bused back to the hotel for a change of chothes and then back to the church dressed for the concert. We are here, finally and ready for the event we've been practicing for.

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